One of the most revered and beautiful university towns in the UK, Cambridge, with its myriad of medieval colleges, cobbled passageways and splendid backs, needs little introduction. Founded in 1209, Cambridge has played home to some of the greatest minds of our time, from Isaac Newton, John Milton and Lord Byron to Stephen Hawking and 18 Nobel Prize winners. Just over 50 miles (80 km) north of London, with excellent connections via air, train and road, Cambridge is easy to reach and makes an ideal short accessible break.
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A warm welcome at Stansted Airport or Cambridge train station (if applicable) followed by a short drive to your Cambridge accommodation situated by the historic centre. There’s plenty of time to relax with free time to get acquainted with the city. For the rest of the day, we recommend soaking up the ambience of the city with a stroll to the Backs, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, and Byron’s Pool Local Nature Reserve.
Tuck into a proper British breakfast, as we get ready to discover some of Cambridge University’s grandest colleges. We’ll start with a short stroll to King’s College, one of the most beautiful and iconic colleges in Cambridge. Founded in 1441 by King Henry VI, King’s is most famous for its magnificent college chapel and choir, whose Christmas hymns are broadcast live every year.
We’ll also explore the following colleges:
Trinity College – one of the most renowned and richest colleges in Cambridge. Trinity has produced more Nobel Prize winners than France, is home to Isaac Newton’s famous apple tree, is where Byron happened to keep a bear, and also contains the famous Wren library.
Magdalene College – a notoriously conservative college (the last to admit women, and the only college that still insists on white tie for its May Balls). Here you will find beautiful courts with the riverside location.
St. John’s College – An ancient rival to Trinity College (sparking the phrase, ‘I’d rather be at Oxford than at John’s’) The chapel is spectacular, with a huge domed ceiling, and the choir is second only to King’s.
Enjoy breakfast before we drive to the historic town of Ely, just 16km away from Cambridge. Once accessible only by boat, the city today is famous for its magnificent cathedral. Dominating the skyline, it is one of England’s most beautiful and largest cathedrals. Known locally as the ‘Ship of the Fens’ it is famous for its unique Octagon tower, which, when lit, can be seen for miles. The cathedral is also home to the only national museum dedicated to Stained Glass. There’s also chance to visit the Ely Museum, housed in the city’s old gaol. Ely’s most famous resident was Oliver Cromwell, the man who defied the British monarchy to become leader of England from 1653 to 1658. Ely also has a beautiful waterside area, which is an attraction within itself, where you can explore the many cafes and antique shops, visit the Babylon Art Gallery or listen to music in Jubilee Gardens.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before we delve into hundreds of years of history via Cambridge’s astonishing array of world class museums. From the ancient Egyptian relics at the Fitzwilliam Museum to science and survival at The Polar Museum, there’s plenty to wonder at. Science buffs will love checking out the original specimens collected by Darwin on his famous trip on The Beagle, while art aficionados can gaze upon old masters by artists such as Canaletto, Titian and Cezanne at museums all within walking distance of each other. The Fitzwilliam Museum certainly shouldn’t be missed. Founded in 1816, it has been described as housing ‘one of the greatest art collections of the nation and a monument of the first importance’. The collection includes works of art and antiquities of national and international importance, among them antiquities from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome and masterpieces by Titian, Rubens, Van Dyck, Canaletto, Hogarth, Constable, Monet and Picasso and many more…
A final breakfast followed by a farewell drive to Stansted Airport.
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950 GBP/person for 2people
780 GBP/person for 4 people
Accommodation – with accessible bathroom and toilet
Accessible transfers from Stansted Airport or Cambridge Station (if applicable)
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